portative organ


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portative organ

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(Instruments) music a small portable organ with arm-operated bellows popular in medieval times
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But then just as quickly the eye is drawn downward, directed by the upside-down portative organ slipping from Cecilia's hand toward the ground that is already cluttered with abandoned musical instruments: a viola da gamba with missing strings and its bow lying across the da gamba's broken belly; three recorders; two tambourines; two small drums--one with its skin pierced--and their drumsticks; a triangle and a pair of cymbals.
First United Methodist Church - The Eugene chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents "Introduction to the King of Instruments," an informal concert for all ages that includes a demonstration of how pipe organs work and a comparison of the large Hochhalter organ and the Petty portative organ.
An accordion plays like a portative organ continuo, hocket-ing wind instruments evoke period vocalisations, and contrasts of effect bring continual surprises.
One is playing a lute (seven pegs, portions of the neck, and the back are visible), the second is playing a portative organ, and the third is playing a fiddle with a bow (three pegs are `visible, and one drone string is depicted off the upper side of the fingerboard).
With the exception of the unique portative organ now situated in the Old Cathedral at Salamanca, an instrument built in the mid-16th century and bearing the name of the blind theorist and organist Francisco de Salinas, most of the organs recorded here date from the i8th century.